The Values Awards FAQs
Which Award should I pick for my students?
The Awards have been designed with the following age groups in mind:
- Values Stars – 7-11 year olds
- Values Champions – 11-19 year olds
- Values Ambassadors – 14-19 year olds
However, the materials for pupils do not mention age and teachers are encouraged to decide which Award might be most suitable for their students, differentiating according to need and abilities. The What are the Values Awards page contains a brief overview of each Award’s content to help you select the best Award for your class or group.
Can I mix up which Values Awards I use within my group?
Yes, although we have given rough guidance for age ranges, we hope that teachers and group leaders will consider their students’ needs and abilities when choosing which Award to undertake. Direct your students to the Award which is most relevant for them.
Is work transferable with other award schemes?
Yes. The challenges provided in the Values Awards may well link to other award schemes or projects, in particular the Values Ambassadors Award. Some work undertaken in other schemes is recognised as prior learning for the Values Awards. These are:
- Youth Sport Trust
- Young Ambassadors
- Inclusive Futures
- School Rugby Ambassador
- Sports Leaders UK
- Level 2 in Sports Leadership
- Level 2 in Community Sports Leadership
- Level 3 in Higher Sports Leadership
- Level in Sports Volunteering
- Get Set for Community Action
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Please note that prior learning must have been completed at most 18 months before count towards an Award.
Does all the work need to be done online?
Values Stars challenge activities are all completed online. Values Champions complete a mix of online and offline activities and provide some evidence. Following some initial research, Values Ambassadors’ activities are mostly offline with a requirement to upload a report on their volunteering project, alongside some supporting evidence.
Is it possible to take part in more than one Award?
Yes, and there is no requirement for Values Awards participants to complete one level before moving onto the next. We have given rough guidance for age ranges for each Award only as guidance, and it will depend on students’ needs and abilities. After an Award has been completed, students will always have access to review what they have done. And who knows, maybe they will be inspired to take the next Values Award?
How can my group keep track of their progress?
Within each Award, students can view their progress online. Teachers can use each Award’s course report to see at a glance how the group is progressing within the Administration block.
How can I keep track of my group’s progress?
It’s easy to monitor progress of students on the site. Simply click on the course report for the relevant Award to find a useful grid that monitors your students’ progress. The grid shows both which activities your students have completed and highlights any tasks which require your review.
Once a student has completed the work required for one of the Values Awards, you will have final approval to release the Award. You can review their work from the course report page and, once happy, approve the student by ticking the Teacher column to unlock their Award.
When do I approve Awards and unlock student certificates?
Students are required to submit a pledge before their Values Award is complete. At all levels, teacher approval is required to unlock the certificate once all themes have been completed by students. The Values Stars Award challenges are all online. For Champions and Ambassadors there are a mixture of online and offline activities requiring evidence.
To approve and release an Award to an individual, go to the course report page for the appropriate Award (for example, Stars). Find the student name and click on the magnifying glass icon to view their work for each challenge. Ensure that you are happy with the standard of the work submitted, tick the Teacher column to approve the Award and refresh the page. The certificate will then be released for the student. You may choose to download certificates as the whole group completes an Award – perhaps for a group presentation such as an assembly or group meeting.
What if not all my pupils have internet access at home?
Students will need access to the internet in order to plan for, complete or submit evidence for the challenges. It is recognised that some students will need to do this at school, either as part of a curricular project around the Values Awards or in extra-curricular time, if they do not have access at home or through local services (for example, a public library).
How do other schools introduce the concept of the Awards for the first time?
We have had feedback from schools to say that they have initially done this through a school assembly or through tutor time. Other options are to introduce the Values Awards to the school through PE lessons or after-school clubs.
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